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FIVE KILOS OF CURRENCIES IN THE STOMACH OF A TURTLE

Veterinarians in Thailand successfully removed 915 coins from the stomach of a female sea turtle who had been swallowing the money which visitors threw into the pond where she lives for good luck, local media reported today.

 


The turtle, called “Om Sin,” underwent a seven-hour operation by veterinarians from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and five kilos of Thai and foreign currencies were removed from her stomach.

Om Sin was transferred last month to the veterinary school from the Sea Turtle Conservation Center in Chonburi, east of Bangkok, as it was having difficulties swimming.

Veterinarians spotted the coins on x-ray and had to perform such a prolonged surgery on the turtle since a pile of coins in the stomach required a larger cut than expected.

“It is hard to imagine how it swallowed such a large number of coins. I’ve never seen such a case before,” said Pasakorn Brikshavana, a spokesperson for the university’s veterinary team, according to the Bangkok Post.

The turtle will remain at the veterinary school for a week before returning to the conservation center, where it is hoped it will fully recuperate.

According to Thai beliefs, throwing coins into a pond with turtles helps drive bad luck away.


March 7, 2017, EFE/Practica Español


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El vídeo habla...
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De una tortuga que se tragó muchísimas monedas.
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De una tortuga que se alimenta de monedas.
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Del descubrimiento de una nueva especie de tortuga.
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¿Por qué la locutora la compara con una hucha?
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Porque la tortuga simboliza la riqueza.
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Porque tenía muchísimas monedas en el estómago.
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Porque esa tortuga se parece a una hucha.
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Todas las monedas eran del mismo país.
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Falso.
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No se sabe.
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Verdadero.
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La operación duró poco tiempo.
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Falso.
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No se sabe.
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La tortuga ya está completamente recuperada.
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Falso.
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Verdadero.
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No se sabe.
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En el vídeo se dice que...
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No se suele lanzar monedas a un estanque donde hay tortugas.
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Da buena suerte lanzar monedas donde hay tortugas.
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Da mala suerte si una tortuga se traga tu moneda.
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